Implementation and Usability of an Electronic Medical Record-based Ureteral Stent Tracker

Kavita Gupta, Nathan Feiertag, Daniel Jacobs, Max Abramson, Angela Alaimo, Andrew Harris, Alexander C. Small, Kara Watts

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Objective: To design and implement a simple electronic medical record-based ureteral stent tracker. To assess its impact on stent dwell time and stent-related complications. Methods: Patients with stents placed 12 months before and 6 months after stent tracker implementation were identified at 3 urban hospitals. Those with stents-on-strings and intentional chronic indwelling stents (greater than 90 days) were excluded. Patient demographics, stent characteristics (eg, indication, string, dwell time), and clinical outcomes (eg, positive urine cultures, complications) were reviewed and compared between pre- and posttracker cohorts. A 12-question usability survey was administered to surgical nurses to assess usability. Results: A total of 323 stents (173 pre- and 150 posttracker) were placed in 217 patients. The prestent tracker cohort had a longer mean dwell time (pre: 40.9 ± 59.1 days vs post: 28.8 ± 22.0 days, P = .02) and a higher retention rate >90 days (pre: 8.1% [14/173] vs post: 1.3% [2/150], P = .005). The 2 cohorts had no significant differences in positive urine culture rates, patient phone calls to providers, stent-related emergency department visits, or hospitalizations. The usability survey showed that 86.4% of surgical nurses found the tracker to be user-friendly and 95.5% reported that it added less than 1 minute of work per procedure. Conclusion: Implementation of an electronic medical record-based ureteral stent tracker decreased average stent dwell time and frequency of retained stents. Surgical nurses reported the tracker to be user-friendly and convenient. Stent trackers can improve the efficiency of postoperative removal of indwelling ureteral stents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Mar 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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